There is a good mix of genres in this week’s new releases, including realistic fiction, mystery, thriller, romance, and paranormal fiction. As always, follow the links below to place holds on your favorites. Also, this week in teen programing we have our monthly Teen Gamer Club meeting on Thursday, May 21 at 3:30 p.m. Signed permission slips are required for all teens attending this program. You can find slips at the Reference Desk. This will be our last Teen Gamer Club meeting of the school year, so don’t miss out!
The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh – In this reimagining of The Arabian Nights, Shahrzad plans to avenge the death of her dearest friend by volunteering to marry the murderous boy-king of Khorasan, but discovers not all is as it seems within the palace.
We Are All Made of Molecules by Susin Nielsen – Thirteen-year-old brilliant but socially-challenged Stewart and mean-girl Ashley must find common ground when, two years after Stewart’s mother died, his father moves in with his new girlfriend–Ashley’s mother, whose gay ex-husband lives in their guest house.
Heat of the Moment: The First Book in The Moment of Truth Series by Lauren Barnholdt – “Before graduation, I promise to learn to trust” is what the email Lyla McAfee wrote to herself as a freshman, to be delivered right before graduation, says–but on the senior trip to Florida she discovers that what she now considers a silly sentiment may be a lot harder, and a lot more important, than she thinks.
Making Pretty by Corey Ann Haydu – Missing the relationships she used to have with her sister and her best friend, seventeen-year-old Montana gets involved with a wild actress friend and falls in love with a new boy.
Vanished by E.E. Cooper – A teen girl must race to solve the mystery left behind in the wake of one friend’s disappearance and the suicide of another.
Hold Me Like a Breath by Tiffany Schmidt – Penny Landlow, seventeen, the overprotected daughter of a powerful crime family, has rarely left the family estate due to a blood disorder but when tragedy strikes and she is left alone in New York City, she must prove she is not as fragile as everyone believes.
The Cost of All Things by Maggie Lehrman – When her boyfriend dies, a grieving Ari uses a spell to erase her memories of him, but this spell triggers a series of events that reveal hidden, and sometimes dangerous, connections between her friends and the boyfriend she no longer remembers.
The Last Good Day of the Year by Jessica Warman – Ten years after Samantha and her next door neighbor Remy watched as a man broke into Sam’s home and lifted her younger sister, Turtle, from her sleeping bag, Sam’s shattered family returns to her childhood home in an effort to heal, and the more they re-examine the events of that fateful night, the more questions they discover about what really happened to Turtle.
Batman: Earth One, Volume 2 by Geoff Johns, Gary Frank, Jon Sibal, and Brad Anderson – The Riddler has arrived in Gotham and he’s terrorizing the city with his own twisted brand of anarchy. But why is he attacking now, and what is his endgame? The Riddler isn’t Batman’s only problem, as Killer Croc is on the streets and his violent crimes can’t be ignored. Meanwhile, the Dark Knight has trouble reconciling the increasingly conflicting ideologies of Alfred Pennyworth and James Gordon in this gripping re-imagining of the Batman mythology.
The Boys Who Challenged Hitler: Knud Pedersen and the Churchill Club by Phillip Hoose – The true story of a group of boy resistance fighters in Denmark after the Nazi invasion.
5 to 1 by Holly Bodger – In a dystopian future where gender selection has led to girls outnumbering boys 5 to 1 marriage is arranged based on a series of tests. It’s Sudasa’s turn to pick a husband through this ‘fair’ method, but she’s not sure she wants to be a part of it.
Fell of Dark by Patrick Downes – Chronicles the lives of two mentally ill boys–Erik, who believes he is a saint, and Thorn, who believes he is a demon–as their minds devolve into hallucinations, showing the way their worlds intersect, and culminating in a final stand-off.
The Messengers by Edward Hogan – Fifteen-year-old Frances is sent to her aunt’s house for the summer to escape difficulties at home. Soon she meets Peter, a man unlike anyone she has ever known. Peter is a messenger–but his messages never bring good news. Peter believes that Frances is a messenger, too. In a compelling page-turner as complex as it is chilling, the author of Daylight Saving poses the provocative question: If you could change the future, where would you start?
Cuckoo Song by Frances Hardinge – In post-World War I England, eleven-year-old Triss nearly drowns in a millpond known as “The Grimmer” and emerges with memory gaps, aware that something is terribly wrong, and to try to set things right, she must meet a twisted architect who has designs on her family.
Out of Control by Sarah Alderson – When seventeen-year-old Liva came to New York City, all she wanted was to escape the painful memories of her past and finally find a fresh start. Her hopes for a new future were dashed the moment she became the sole witness to a brutal murder. When she’s taken into police custody-supposedly for her own protection-she realizes something isn’t right, but it’s too late. Soon, bullets start flying, and Liva realizes that she is not just a witness, but the target-and she needs to escape before it’s too late.
The Rise & Fall of the Gallivanters by M.J. Beaufrand – In 1983, a band led by a David Bowie lookalike prepares to compete in a battle of the bands at a possibly evil brewery, and must also cope with the fact that bass player Evan is getting sicker and sicker, much like his best friend Noah’s abusive father did before his death several years earlier.
Adventure Time, Volume 5 by Danielle Corsetto and Bridget Underwood – After waking up in the treehouse, Finn and Jake find a little purple cube that is able to activate a watchable screen, a strange situation that leads to adventure.
Adventure Time and Philosophy: The Handbook for Heroes edited by Nicolas Michaud – Adventure Time and Philosophy is a monster-beating, wild ride of philosophical mayhem. One of the deepest and most thoughtful television shows ever to assault human brain waves, Adventure Time shows us what the world could be like, challenging everything we know about life, meaning, heroism, and even burritos, and it’s time to give the show some serious thought. This book screws open our cranial lids, mucks about in the mess that is our heads, and attempts to come to some answers about the nature of reality. Adventure Time and Philosophy is a chance to put down your broadsword, put your exhausted monster-slaying feet up, and try to figure out why you spend your time rescuing people in distress and fighting for justice. Who better than Finn and Jake to have as companions when taking on Plato, Nietzsche, and Baudrillard or encountering the Slime Princess, the Ice King, and Marceline the Vampire Queen? Filled with chapters written by a colorful cast of characters, Adventure Time and Philosophy enlightens us about the profound and life-affirming spiritual subtext and dark comedic elements of an awesomely fantastic show.
An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
The Truth Commission by Susan Juby
All book descriptions were pulled from our catalog.